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Lake Tahoe Collaborative    September 9, 2013     Minutes

1.  Welcome

     Approve August Minutes

2.  Introductions and Announcements

a. Frank Blakeney, Live Violence Free: The Live Violence Free “Gala” is Friday September 27th from 6-9pm at the Top of Harvey’s. Purchase tickets online, at their office, or from a board member. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

There will be a free all day training on Sept. 16 on the topic of “Human Trafficking.” If interested, contact him and he’ll get you the information.

CapC has gone forward with “Fathers Initiative” training. We’ll have two teams attending from South Lake Tahoe.

Leadership with South Lake Tahoe begins Wednesday and the topics are wonderful.

b. Alissa Nourse: Tahoe Youth and Family Services: The Drug Free Communities (DFC) was awarded the federal grant. They were one of less than 150 in the nation and 1 of 9 organizations in California to be awarded, so this is big news! This grant brings in $125,000 to this community (guaranteed) for next 5 years. This is money to promote a drug free community and build the coalition. The DFC meeting is today at 2:30pm right after the LTC meeting. DFC is looking for more members and hiring for a coordinator for the grant.

This Saturday is the Color Blast fundraiser at LTCC.

They have hired a new mentoring coordinator; she will introduce herself (Emily).

They are hiring two people for the Juvenile Treatment Center, Schools, and Incline Village. They have applied for the PIP contract to continue doing the same work as last year.

c. Sally Williams, Juvenile Treatment Center: JTC has 5 girls. They are excited about getting two new employees at JTC. JTC is working on getting new programming, ex: Matrix (individual and family participation and education).

d. Roberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College: Registration is open for the Fall quarter and classes begin Sept. 23rd, register online. Everyone is encouraged to attend the Friday Sept. 20th Visioning Session (postponed from earlier in the year) from 10-3pm, lunch will be provided, RSVP to 530-541-4660 x210.

e. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health: The Education Department has new “Safety for Baby and Child” classes Sept. 30, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, and Dec. 23 6:30-9pm, $10/class, call: 530-543-5768 or visit “http://education.bartonhealth.org”.

The next wellness lecture is on “Back Pain,” on September 19th from 6-7pm, LTCC Room A208, for more information call: 530-543-5537, see flyer.

There are multiple handouts on “Concussion Awareness” for athletes and parents. If you know of any high school athlete who gets injured while playing a sport, Barton offers free evaluations.

f. Diana Lozano, South Lake Tahoe Library: Katharine Miller is the new branch manager at the South Lake Tahoe Library. They will be filling a library position soon. Storytime season begins again next week.

g. Jan Robbins, Chair of Western Slope Community Strengthening Group: She came to visit the LTC and introduce herself.

h. Alexis Foley, Court Appointed Special Advocates: They are launching a twice annual training on Oct. 3 at LTCC, see handout.  They are especially looking for male and Spanish speaking advocates.

i. Carol Almanza, Anthem Blue Cross: They are still on track for a Nov. 1 start.

j. Angelica Nungaray, Anthem Blue Cross: Yes, they are looking forward to Nov. 1.

k. Kathy Ide, Together We Grow: She is the newly hired Early Childhood Specialist for the South Lake Tahoe area. She is based in Placerville and is bilingual.

l. Emily Bennett, Tahoe Youth and Family Services: She is the new Mentor Coordinator. She is based in the Woodfords office. She will oversee the South Lake Tahoe area and getting a program up and running in the Minden/Gardnerville area. Looking for mentee/mentor signups.

m. Charlene Giuli, Barton Health: She works in the Quality Department. With Health Care Reform, Barton is looking to improve the care of patients.

n. Deborah McCarthy, Barton Health Community Clinic: They have changed their name to Barton Community Health Center.

o. Sabrina Owen-Balme, El Dorado County Mental Health: Mental Health is advertising for a clinical position. They are currently looking for a new site to locate them all in one location. Josefina reminds everyone about a website on navigating the Affordable Care Act, “www.coveredca.com” .

p. Tara Styer, Tahoe Transportation District: The next  Regional Coordinating Council meeting (and interdisciplinary group coordinating transportation needs in the community) is Sept. 18 at 2pm at TRPA.

q. Sara Conrad, Barton Foundation: The Signature Cocktail Contest is Sept. 12 at Riva, 5-8:30pm.

r. Kathy Martinez, University of California Cooperative Extension: The nutrition funding has transitioned so they are getting more money. She is still teaching youth and adult nutrition classes. Volunteers are teaching all the kindergarten components. There is a new parent workshop at the schools.  Classes are continuing at the FRC and Library. Their new partner is Snowboard Outreach Society (SOS).

s. Delicia Spees, Family Resource Center: They are elated to have De-Anne Hooper as new Executive Director. Delicia will be working 15 hours/week coordinating programs and working with families.

t. De-Anne Hooper, Family Resource Center: Delicia has been at FRC for 20 years now. FRC assists people with translations, basic needs, nutrition for families, and food handouts.  There are four Cafecitos groups (Spanish speaking PTA)–Bijou, Tahoe Valley, Sierra House and the Middle School. She extends an invitation for those wanting to join Cafecitos—it’s a great way to interact with mothers and fathers who are leaders in their own communities.

u. Meghan Ciampa, Foster Family and Adoptive Services: She is getting geared up for the Fall Training for Foster and Adoptive parents in South Lake Tahoe. They are now reaching out to Truckee area. Each year, they will hold training in the fall and spring. This past spring training trained 8 new families– 4 are up and running.

v. Theresa Papandrea, Snowboard Outreach Society: They are gearing up for winter. They have 4 schools onboard for 100 snowboard spots for kids. They have a teacher or faculty on board at each school to help recognize kids to recruit. SOS supplies clothing, gear, lift tickets, certified instructors, and snacks. They train mentors and coordinators. They are kicking off the University program (graduates of Learn to Ride), are hiring mentors for a Sept.-April commitment and they’ll have 65 kids in that program. SOS has programs at Northstar and Tahoe Donner. In South Lake Tahoe they are in their 4th year of the University program. Registration is Sept 22 at 3:30pm at the Tahoe Chamber (for kids who already know how to ski or snowboard). They are looking for Service Projects, call her to coordinate.

w. Kristin Hunt Naefke, Tahoe Turning Point: The Labor Day Carnival made ~$35,000. They plan on doing the carnival again next year.

x. Tina Barna, Choices For Children: Many Childcare Centers and Providers are full right now. If you know of anyone who would like to be a licensed daycare home, contact her. Should the economy pick up, there will be a need for more providers. There is also a need for school aged population childcare centers. For El Dorado County’s last year’s budget, there was not a significant cut to childcare funding, which is great. They still have emergency diapers and clothing.

y. Wendy David, LTC Chair; Lake Tahoe Unified School District; Tahoe Magic: A couple of grants are closing soon, El Dorado Community Foundation—enrichment for school aged children in our community and the Vail Echo grant is open through Wednesday. Tomorrow is Endow El Dorado deadline through El Dorado Community Foundation 10-11:30am there will be a bidder’s conference via special invitation at Boys and Girls Club Lake Tahoe.

LTUSD: It has been an awesome start to the new school year. There are new administrators at the schools and they bring an exciting new energy to the district. Measure G funds are completely finished at the high school and Bijou school. Now the school district can focus on programs especially career tech skills. They are seeing graduates come back to the community.

Tahoe Magic is a non-profit and funds families going through crisis. Contact her to make a donation or refer a family.

LTC is funded by First 5 El Dorado. She welcomes your input and she’ll relay any information you would like her to bring to the attention of the commission including updates on awesome things happening in your organization.

z. Francie Alling, St. Joseph’s Community Land Trust: (Not physically in attendance) They are partnering with Habitat for Humanity on a fundraiser, “Hike for Housing,” $15 individual or $25 for family, 9a-1p at Lam Wa Tah Trail, September 21, 2013, meet at Our Lady of Tahoe Catholic Church off Elks Point Road.

aa. Nicole Zaborsky, LTC Coordinator:  The Maternal Child Health Task Force is printing more of the Parents of 0-6 mo. olds brochures in English and Spanish; will be working on the referral matrix over next 9 months, and are designing a Postpartum Depression bookmark and community education lectures.

3. Special Update: “Blue Ribbon Awards”

Presenter: Sean Sweeney, Blue Ribbon Award Task Force, Tahoe Chamber.

Contact: Emily Abernathy  Emily@tahoechamber.org,  775-588-1728 ext. 303.

To make a Blue Ribbon Award nomination, visit: www.tahoechamber.org.

This presentation was cancelled.

Alissa Norse commented that she would like to advocate for a Nonprofit Blue Ribbon Award, others agreed.

Alissa attends the Tahoe Chamber meetings and finds them very beneficial to Tahoe Youth and Family Services.

4.    Special Discussion: “Human Service Transportation Needs”

Tara Styer, MPH, Mobility Manager – Tahoe Transportation District

 tstyer@tahoetransportation.org, 775-589-5509

The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee holds a transportation discussion in October to summarize the human service transportation needs of the community before the regional Social Services Transportation Advisory Council meeting conducts a formal needs assessment in November.  Tara led a discussion to determine if the Collaborative would be willing to do something similar on the south shore.

Each year there is an unmet needs hearing at TRPA for the North Shore. She’s giving the South Shore the same opportunity. This will be a great tool that she can pass along at the hearing.

Tara: Does LTC want to do this?

LTC: “Yes.”

She will send a needs assessment spreadsheet to the LTC electronically. This allows her to bring specific needs up at the hearing.

Tara: “For example, if there was a vehicle that went outside of the area, would this be a need that could be used?”

Please share any anecdotal information to her in the needs assessment spreadsheet. TTD’s focus is on older people, people with disabilities, and low income people.

Tara will need the completed needs assessment information by the second week of October. Nicole will email a form that can be filled out.

***Bus posting: Crisis Line and bringing back information since safe places went away. Signs and information will change. Alissa is coordinating this.

5.    Special Discussion: “LTC Partnership MOU”

Follow up conversation on document format.

We should develop both a short and long version. The short version will be one page, describe the LTC, and include a list of the member organizations. The long version will include a summary of what the LTC is (Ex: LTC is a forum that supports the community through discussion, member input, fosters collaboration amongst members, vehicle to share information and ideas) and a summary of each organization’s mission. Additionally, each agency will generate an agreement as to what they provide for the LTC. This agency document will state things such as: we will refer, provide xyz services, be collaborative, etc. 

6.    Special Discussion: “October Meeting Format with Special Guest Senator Ted Gaines”

When Angela Swanson returns to town, we will schedule a meeting with her and all interested LTC members as a pre-planning meeting. We will discuss the October meeting venue (Aspen Room?), time allotment he will be in South Lake Tahoe, itemize agenda items, meeting format and other details.

An idea could be to take the Congressman on a South Lake Tahoe back roads tour.

7.    2:30 pm Adjourn & Drug Free Communities Meeting begins.

8.    Next LTC meeting October 14, 2013, 1-2:30pm.

9.    2:30 pm Adjourn

10. Next LTC meeting October 14, 2013   1pm-2:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue

 

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Lake Tahoe Collaborative

September 9, 2013

Agenda

1. 1:00pm Welcome

Review the minutes from the August 12th meeting.

2. Introductions and Announcements from Agencies

Members are encouraged to share new program or staff changes, important dates, and other pertinent information to the Collaborative.

3. Special Update: “Blue Ribbon Awards”

Presenter: Sean Sweeney, Blue Ribbon Award Task Force, Tahoe Chamber.

Contact: Emily Abernathy Emily@tahoechamber.org, 775-588-1728 ext. 303.

To make a Blue Ribbon Award nomination, visit: http://www.tahoechamber.org.

4. Special Discussion: “Human Service Transportation Needs”

Tara Styer, MPH, Mobility Manager – Tahoe Transportation District

tstyer@tahoetransportation.org, 775-589-5509

The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee holds a transportation discussion in October to summarize the human service transportation needs of the community before a regional Social Services Transportation Advisory Council meeting conducts a formal needs assessment in November. Tara will lead a discussion to determine if the Collaborative would be willing to do something similar on the south shore.

5. Special Discussion: “LTC Partnership MOU”

Follow up conversation on document format.

6. Special Discussion: “October Meeting Format with Special Guest Congressman Tom McClintock”

 

7. 2:30 pm Adjourn & Drug Free Communities Meeting begins.

 

8. Next LTC meeting October 14, 2013, 1-2:30pm.

Lake Tahoe Collaborative

August 12, 2013

Minutes

1. Welcome

a. Approve June Minutes

2. Introductions and Announcements

a. Alexis Foley, Court Appointed Special Advocates: South Shore’s Best Band Event fundraiser is Friday August 23rd 3-8pm Lake View Commons, free event, free parking at the library/rec center. There will be a live auction, silent auction, beer and wine garden, vendors, and a bike valet. Amanda has gone off to graduate school. They are moving towards a peer coordinator model with volunteer case advocates.

b. Tina Barna, Choices for Children: They have emergency diapers and formula. The toy lending library is free and you can rotate the toys in your home. They are located behind the Safeway Gas Station.

c. Sabrina Owen, El Dorado County Mental Health: No updates.

d. Sally Williams, Juvenile Treatment Center, El Dorado County Probation: They have been taking girls since Memorial Day Weekend and have hired a lot of new staff.

e. Deborah McCarthy, Barton Health: The Community Clinic has changed its name to Barton Community Health Center.

f. Francie Alling, St Joseph’s Community Land Trust: They are partnering with Habitat for Humanity on a fundraiser, see flyer. Hike for Housing, $15 individual or $25 family, 9a-1pm meet at Lam Wa Tah Trail. A Fraud and ID Theft presentation will be given at Douglas Co Senior Center by Sgt Pat Brooks with Douglas Co Sheriff, 7pm on August 21st, free event.

g. Roberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College: The 10th Intensive Spanish Summer Institute is underway on campus and has over 400 students in attendance this week. Registration for the Fall semester starts after Labor Day.

h. Garry Bowen: He has been appointed to the Board of the Tahoe Resource Conservation District. He is working with the Framework for Strategic Sustainability Development (FSSD) and is working on a local K-12 Nature Center.

i. Carol Almanza: She will give a presentation later in the meeting.

j. Theresa Papandrea, Snowboard Outreach Society: They are about to kick off their winter programs, see handout. SOS is looking for service days for students who are in their program, so they can give back to the community. They are looking for volunteers and mentors for a 3 day commitment per month. One day is a ski/snowboard day and you receive a ski pass. Please give Theresa referrals of youth who would benefit from SOS.

k. Victoria Ortiz, California Tahoe Conservancy: She is the new Communications Liaison.

l. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health: Next up in the Wellness Lecture Series is a Tendonitis lecture on August 21 followed by a Men’s Health lecture. The Barton Foundation is prepping for Festival of Trees. Join them for the annual Cocktail Contest on Sept 12 5:30pm-8:30pm at Riva Grill, proceeds benefit the Cardiology Dept.

m. Deirdre Slater, El Dorado County Office of Education: Head Start and Pre School starts soon, call them for sign up information.

n. Sara Conrad, Barton Foundation: The Cocktail Contest will be held Sept 12 5:30-8:30pm at Riva Grill, proceeds benefit the Cardiology Dept.

o. Angela Swanson, City of South Lake Tahoe: Construction season is underway. Sidewalks are being installed along Pioneer Trail. The economy is up. Nancy Kerry has saved $3m for the City through Redevelopment Agency, State of California. They are hopeful that a new budget will get adopted with no reductions in staff or services. The Loop Road planning is underway with outreach and interaction with social service agencies for social justice in the project. Senator Gaines should join us for our October LTC meeting, as a group we will want to emphasize Social Service Relationships in the basin. The City is continuing work on the Recreation Master Plan; fill out a survey if you have received one. Chief Uhler is working with City Council on violence in the City and keeping our community safe.

p. Wendy West, University of California Cooperative Extension: She coordinates the Tahoe Master Gardener Program and works in Agriculture and Environmental Literacy. Tahoe Farm Day is on Sept 24 at Camp Richardson. California School Garden Training Program training will be held on Aug 20 with teachers in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

q. Diana Lozano, South Lake Tahoe Library: They had a busy, busy, busy summer filled with free yoga, free cooking lessons, and Todd Borg came to talk about book in July and Aug.

The Summer Reading Club had 445 kids, 61 teens, and logged 2250 hours read which is the highest ever seen. Sally Neitling is retiring after 29 years, Katharine Miller will fill her position. They are in the process of hiring a person for the circulation desk. Next month is library card sign up month.

r. Kim Stadtlander, Together We Grow: A new staff member, Kathy Ide, has been hired and is bilingual English and Spanish. Kathy and Kim will share the Lake Tahoe area. Feel free to reach out to introduce yourself to Kathy Ide, 530-295-2456.

s. Erica Eng, Tahoe Youth and Family Services: Their four main programs are: mentoring, counseling, substance abuse and treatment, drop in center for homeless youth for up to age 21. They will host a Color Blast Run 5k on September 14th, LTCC, Saturday, 8am, register online or call to register, $50 adults, $10 for kids 10 and under. They are looking for volunteers. Bike to the event and park your bike at the bike valet.

Drug Free Coalition: Their meetings are usually held after the LTC meeting, though they are on a summer hiatus. The DFC’s goal is to reduce drug and alcohol use in South lake Tahoe for youth and change the culture around that use. DFC just applied for a big federal grant to fund a Coalition Coordinator.

t. Frank Blakeney, Live Violence Free: Family Court has the T-shirts from Clothes Line Project on display. Commissioner Sullivan asked that they be displayed in the family court 2-3 weeks ago. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. They will host a Gala Sept 27th at Top of the Wheel. “www.Winspireme.com” is a no risk auction item site for organization fundraising.

u. Kristen Hunt Naefke, Tahoe Turning Point: They just submitted two applications for transitional housing care for foster youth to stay in their system from years 18-21. They are asking for a letter of support from the LTC for the grant. Kristin will draft a letter and email it to LTC for review, then Wendy David will sign it. Kiwanis Community Fair, August 30-Sept 1, see flyer.

v. Penny Smart, Children’s Health Initiative: She and Veronica are continuing to help families break the barriers to health services. They help get families to doctors and dentists.

w. Veronica Strauss, El Dorado County Public Health: She and Penny are continuing to help families break the barriers to health services, including helping get families to the doctor and dentist.

x. Wendy David, First 5 El Dorado and Tahoe Magic: Tahoe Magic provides bridge funding to help local families. Attend the CASA Event.

y. Kathi Guerrero, First 5 El Dorado (not present, update read by Wendy David): Andrea Powers has joined the First 5 Staff as a program coordinator and will start this Wednesday.

In the last few months, the Commission has seen the resignation of two long time leaders, Dr. Vicki Barber and Dr. Clint Collins. The Commission continues to work with the Board of Supervisors to appoint new members. The Commission is working with Tooth Travelers to bring the Children’s Dental Van back into service. The Commission is calling a meeting on August 26, 2013 from 10-11 AM at the Commission Office to consider a proposal by Tooth Travelers to bring services back as soon as possible. Once services are secured, we will send out a new schedule.

z: Nicole Zaborsky, Lake Tahoe Collaborative: She has “0-6 month brochures” in English and Spanish for interested members.

3. Special Discussion: “Medi-Cal Managed Care”

Carol Almanza, Health Promotion Consultant

Anthem Blue Cross, Medi-Cal/Medicaid (CA)

Carol.Almanza@wellpoint.com  (209) 323-0499

Anthem Blue Cross (ABC) has won the contract with the State of California for El Dorado County Medi-Cal Managed Care. Blue Cross will begin implementation of Medi-Cal Managed Care on November 1, 2013. Carol would like to understand the needs of the community better so that she can help assist LTC members.

ABC is going to be an option for Medi-Cal Managed Care beginning November 1, 2013. One of their challenges is making sure they have a network of doctors set up in this area. Managed care works like an HMO in that a member needs to have a primary care doctor. Primary care doctors can give referrals to other specialists. ABC has special programs for members with certain health issues, ex: diabetes. These special programs work on preventive care with members and add incentives into the program. ABC works with Public Health on immunizations and encourages members to get immunizations through their primary care physician. ABC works with the community on sponsorships for health-related events. There will be an outpatient behavioral health component, which is new to ABC, so they are looking for partnerships in this area. They want to look to partner with health education classes and support this in the South Lake Tahoe community. ABC offers an in person translation service or over the phone translation service for doctors and providers, including sign language.

Will Anthem Blue Cross contract across state lines? Yes

Will Anthem Blue Cross be part of Affordable Care Act? Yes, for individual plans, but not for small business plans.

Angela likes the pro-activeness of this presentation. How do we keep in communication with one another? Will you continue to be the point of contact with Nicole. Yes, she will be the LTC point of contact until there is a new contact. California State requires ABC to have quarterly stakeholder meetings to hear from their communities.

Remember to contact Penny or Veronica if you have questions for 0-18 year olds.

4. Special Discussion: “LTC Partnership MOU”

At the Retreat we discussed:

LTC agencies would like to sign an MOU to have a document to submit for grants.

Today’s discussion:

-What is the goal of the Agreement? Formal support, financial support.

-What will a successful Agreement look like? Content? Purpose? Flexibilities?

-What is the name of the Agreement?

-Who are the signers?

We agreed that this MOU will include a statement of how each agency works with the LTC. This document will include a description of the role the LTC plays. This document will include a line such as: “we are supportive of…”

All organizations will be invited to sign this MOU. If an organization wants to invite specific organizations into an MOU, they need to seek this out themselves.

Does this document have a fiduciary duty? No.

One thing that is unique and very successful is that LTC has government and agency representation with social services and educational programs/members. LTC spans a wide spectrum of services in this community.

**Bring MOU back on the agenda next month.

Homework item: Each agency will prepare a few sentences of what they do in relation to the LTC. LTC will reflect on its history to get a description of LTC.

5. 2:30 pm Adjourn

 

6. Drug Free Communities Meetings resume September 9 at 2:30pm.

 

7. Next LTC meeting September 9, 2013

1pm-2:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue

Lake Tahoe Collaborative

August 12, 2013

Agenda

1. 1:00pm Welcome

Review the minutes from the June 10th meeting.

2. Introductions and Announcements from Agencies

Members are encouraged to share new program or staff changes, important dates, and other pertinent information to the Collaborative.

3. Special Discussion: “Medi-Cal Managed Care”

E. Carol Almanza, Health Promotion Consultant

Anthem Blue Cross, Medi-Cal/Medicaid (CA)

Carol.Almanza@wellpoint.com  (209) 323-0499

We are going to begin implementation of Medi-cal Managed Care beginning November 1, 2013. Carol would like to understand the needs of the community better so that she can help assist LTC members.

4. Special Discussion: “LTC Partnership MOU”

At the Retreat we discussed:

LTC agencies would like to sign an MOU to have a document to submit for grants.

Today’s discussion:

-What is the goal of the Agreement? Formal support, financial support.

-What will a successful Agreement look like? Content? Purpose? Flexibilities?

-What is the name of the Agreement?

-Who are the signers?

5. 2:30 pm Adjourn

 

6. Drug Free Communities Meetings resume September 9 at 2:30pm.

 

7. Next LTC meeting September 9, 2013

1pm-2:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue